I sometimes think of my work as the love child of nature and art history. I look out the studio window and there are ash, elm, paper birch and sugar maple leaning over the creek. I sit down with an art book and think of all the ways the ancestors responded to their environment, as well when that environment was largely political. In the mid 1450s, Paulo Uccello began work under the patronage of the Medici on a large triptych commemorating the historical battle of San Marco. Today one panel is in the National Gallery in London, one in the Louvre and one in the Uffizi. In my travels I've spent time with all three and they've made a huge impact on me. These paintings are for Uccello.